As the first Japanese national to receive the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree from an APA (American Psychological Association) accredited PsyD program, I have worked in higher education for approximately 20 years. As a female faculty and administrator of color, there have been three important commitments I have always held in my heart while working for graduate education.
1. To understand, appreciate, and foster diversity inclusion that's based on academic data and facts: My diversity coursework is evidence-based, theory-driven, and data-informed. I strive to instill a sense of shared responsibility in students to learn about diverse others and ways to engage in necessary diversity-dialogues with each other. Graduate students need to be able to digest classical studies and literature as well as current research in diversity to fully develop ways to compose solid critical thinking. My commitment to diversity related work also connects to advocacy work as systemic changes are absolutely necessary to have true social and educational justice in our society.
2. To foster meaningful mentoring relationships with students and colleagues: No one enters a rigorous graduate program and leaves from it the same way they came in. Changes, whether they are internally or externally motivated, are inevitable for graduate students. As no one is able to survive graduate school experiences alone, engaging in honest and meaningful dialogues, although challenging at times, is essential for graduate students to personally and professionally grow. Fostering mentoring relationships can become life-long, and I believe that interpersonal relationships that examine authenticity of ourselves lead to critical self-reflections.
3. To pave the way: As others have paved the way for me and others like me I see it as my obligation to do the same for the next generation of students. I also believe that we cannot dream and aspire to be something we have never seen. So, education and educational experiences must mirror those who seek them. For this reason, as a female administrator and educator of color, it is my responsibility to pave the way for those who come after me.
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS (LAST 5 YEARS)
Selected Participant: 2019 APA Federal Advocacy Coordinators Summit. Washington, D.C.
2019 to Present
Chair: Graduate and Post-Graduate Panel for APA Board of Educational Affairs
2018 to Present
Member: APA Board of Educational Affairs
Selected Reviewer: Division 45 Science Conference
Recipient: 2018 Adler University Distinguished Alumni Award
2016 to Present
Reviewer: PPRP/Professional Psychology: Review and Practice
2016 to 2017
Past President: National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP)
NCSPP Liaison to American Psychological Association Committee on Early Career Psychologists
Member: Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology
Recipient: Cynthia D. Belar (APA CEO) Education Advocacy Distinguished Services Award
2015 to 2016
The 39th President: National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology
Selected Participant: American Psychological Association Annual Educational Leadership Conference
SELECTED PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS (LAST 5 YEARS)
Sera, H., & Goodyear, R. K. (in process). Clients’ Influence on Therapists. In J. Fuentes (Ed) The Other Side of Psychotherapy: Understanding Clients’ Experiences and Contributions in Treatment. American Psychological Association Publication. Washington, D.C.
Sera, H., & Johnson, W.B., (in process). Mentoring Relationships. In N. Kaslow & A. Ponce (Ed) Comprehensive Clinical Psychology (2nd edition) – Volume on Professional Issues. Oxford Press. London. United Kingdom.
Hunter, M., Sera, H., Hernandez, M., & Villareal, M. A. (2020). Administrators of Color Navigating the Challenge of Leadership. Selected Presentation at the Annual National Conference for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Washington, D.C.
Sera, H., Nguyen, D., & Wood, N. (2019). Commitment to Holistic Connections: Building Intentional Connection with Key University Constituents to Promote Graduate Student Success. Presented at the Annual VI Conference for the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). Portland, Oregon.
Goodyear, R. K., & Sera, H. (2019). Supervising the Development and Sustaining of the Working Alliance. In Jairo N. Fuertes (Ed) Working Alliance Skills for Mental Health Professionals. Oxford Press. London, United Kingdom.
Hunter, M., Sera, H., Hernandez, M., & Villareal, M. A. (2019). Millennial/Gen Z students of Color and Racial Justice: How Administrators of Color Are Working Across Generations. Presented at the Annual National Conference for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (ACAD). Atlanta, Georgia.
Potter, L. T., Brown, K. B., & Sera, H. (2018). Through the Looking Glass: Leadership Lessons on Negotiating Race and Identity in the 21st Century Academy. Selected Workshop for the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD). Washington, D.C.
Johnson, W. B., Jensen, K. C., Sera, H., & Cimbora, D. (2018). Ethics and Relational Dialectics in Mentoring Relationships. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. Vol 12(1).
Borden, K., Newman, G., Sera, H., & Ginsburg, A. (2017). Symposium. Challenges to Teaching Advocacy in a Complex Political Climate.Advocacy by Diverse Graduate Students: Mentorship to Gain Voices. Presented at the 40th National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology Annual Mid-Winter Conference. Long Beach, California.
Globerman, S., & Sera, H. (2017). Critical Investigation of Unique Therapeutic Setting When Working with People Who Experience Homelessness. Presented at the UNESCO for the World Congress of Psychotherapy. Paris, France.
Globerman, S., Paracios, D. P., Sera, H., …., & Szajner, K. (2016). Promoting Family and Community Mental Health through Pragmatic Grassroots Advocacy. Presented at the 80th Minnesota Psychological Association Annual Convention. Plymouth, Minnesota.
Khang, M., & Sera, H. (2016). An Exploratory Study of the Relationship between Fatalism, Locus of Control, and Hmong Individuals with Alcohol Related Offenses. Presented at the Sixth International Conference on Hmong Studies. St. Paul, Minnesota.
Sera, H. (2016). Presidential Address: Mentorship as Another Competency: Reflections on Complex Trajectories of Mentoring Relationships. Presented at the 39th National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology Annual Mid-Winter Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.
Cardoso, E., de la Plata, C. D., Holland, D., Sera, H., Qualls, D., & Vega, M. (2016). Perceptions of Multicultural Competency among Psychologists Who Serve People with Disabilities. Presented at the 92nd American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Dallas, Texas.
Sera, H., Brown, K. T., El-Ghorury, N. H., & Jackson, J. S. (2016). Commitment to Ethnic/Racial Diversity Competency in Education, Training, and Workplace in the United States: Undergraduate, Graduate (National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology), and Organization (American Psychological Association). Presented at the 31st International Congress of Psychology. Yokohama, Japan.
Vega, M., Sera. H., Cardoso., E., Qualls, D., & de la Plata, C. D. (2015). Perceptions of Multicultural Competency among Psychologists Who Serve People with Disabilities. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Vol 96(10), October.
2018 Adler University Distinguished Alumni Award
2016 American Psychological Association - Cynthia D. Belar Education Advocacy Distinguished Services Award